In the spring of ’07, I came across a blog called Ennui. In it, the author wrote about her life and mundane happenings, albeit in a beautiful way. I fell in love with it (and later, with the author herself) and decided to start my own blog. And so I started writing about my mundane life and discovered it was more interesting than I thought. Soon, however, the initial appeal blogging had to me died down, and my blog sunk into oblivion. Thereafter, I repeatedly started blogs with a renewed zeal, only for them to become defunct after a week or so. And now that Blabberwocky has taken off, I know why my dozen previous didn’t. They were simply, female. Yes, blogs can be broadly divided into being male and female. And no, this is not a sexist viewpoint.
All blogs I come across have a definitive tilt towards either being about the author’s life or being about the world outside the author’s life. Yes, some blogs do walk the borderline, but it’s difficult. More than that, it looks odd if, sandwiched between ten posts about daily life, you find a post denigrating stem cell research. Or vice versa, for that matter. And, from my experience of blog surfing, I frequently find that most successful blogs about ‘issues’ are authored by men, and so I call them male blogs. On the other hand, the most beautiful ‘journal’ blogs belong to women, which I call female blogs. This does not mean that men don’t blog about their life or women don’t write about issues, but that trend is visible more in blogs that are defunct. And oh, in case you’re wondering, I don’t call such blogs transsexual, thank you.
Now, the reason for this can probably be given only by an expert in psychology, a subject I’ve always loved but never have had the time to explore. To my naive eye, it seems as if men have a tendency to interpret the outside world, in a factual and objective manner, analysing the facts and giving their opinions on what should and should not be. Women, on the other hand, are retrospective, and tend to be able to portray everyday events in a beautiful way. Neither is good or bad, they are simply different styles of writing. And as I suggested earlier, I don’t also mean to say that men will have male blogs and women will have female blogs. And it is not wrong or devious for a man to have a female blog, or for a woman to have a male blog (infact, who am I to decide who’s normal and who’s devious anyway?).
However, in my own experience, all my previous blogs, which were essentially female in character, were colossal failures. This was primarily because I thought blogs had to be essentially about my life, mimicking the nature of the blog I drew inspiration from. However, I’ve now realized that I’m not so skilled in turning mundaneness into beauty, and that my blogging style is different. Hence I’ve started this new blogging project of mine, Blabberwocky. A male blog. I’d like all bloggers who can’t keep their blogs alive to address this issue. One must recognize what genre one can do justice to. Writing is an art, a beautiful, creative activity. And killing your blog is like smothering that creativity inside. It is a crime, one that I’m guilty of, and one I don’t wish other bloggers to commit, all friends of mine. If you feel bored of blogging, maybe it’s time you shifted your genre. And if more men started blogged about beautiful life, and more women wrote about the dynamic world around us, I’d be glad to be proved wrong. But keep blogging.